Knights Top Norse To Kick Off The Season

The Southwood and Northfield boys basketball teams got back to the old days of tipping off the night before Thanksgiving Wednesday before a packed house at Northfield. The night got started with the junior varsity game going triple overtime with the Knights prevailing 61-55.

In the varsity game the Norse struck quick on a Tanner Wilcox bucket that was quickly answered with a bucket from Alex Harmon. The lead would go back and forth with Cody Holmes and Carson Blair trading buckets as the Norse led 8-5 when the Knights made a run. Harmon would connect on a jumper that started a 9-0 run by the Knights as Southwood led 14-8. During the run Brandin Frazier had two buckets with Matt Nose chipping in a deuce. Tanner Wilcox would stop the run with a two before Harmon ended the quarter with a three and the Knights led 17-10.

Southwood would quickly open their lead to 22-11 on a Carson Blair two and a three before two Adam Roser free throws. The Knights then got two buckets from Noah Kirk to lead 26-14 when Noah Shear connected and was followed by a Tanner Wilcox free throw to make it 26-17, but again the Knights answered with a late bucket, this time from Clay Hinrichsen to lead 28-17 at the half.

Carson Blair got things going to start the third with a bomb from behind the arch to open a 31-17 lead for the Knights before two straight Adam Roser three’s got the game back to 8 at 31-23. Matt Nose would then convert an old fashion three and was followed by a Robbie Cole three and two Nose free throws to give Southwood their largest lead of the night at 39-23. Alex Harmon would sandwich a bucket between buckets from Jarred Short and Austin Burns as Southwood led 41-27 after three.

The two teams would trade buckets for much of the fourth quarter with each team hitting four times for a Southwood 50-38 lead with 2:30 to play. Northfield cut the lead to 50-42 on buckets from Noah Shear and Heath Miller, but with time on the Knights side Nose would convert two free throws as the Knights held the Norse off for a 52-44 win.

Leading Southwood was Matt Norse with 13 points. Alex Harmon and Carson Blair added 11 points each. Brandin Frazier had 6, Noah Kirk 4, Clay Hinrichsen 4, Robbie Cole 3.

Leading Northfield was Tanner Wilcox with 12. Noah Shear added 10, Adam Roser 8, Austin Burns 6, Jarred Short 3, Cody Holmes 3, Heath Miller 2.

In the junior varsity triple overtime thriller, Northfield led 21-14 at the half before a huge Knight third quarter gave Southwood a 33-25 lead. Northfield had the big fourth quarter to tie the score at 45 at the end of regulation with Matt Coe hitting two free throws with .04 remaining to tie the score. The first overtime ended 49-49, the second 53-53 before the Knights pulled it off in the third OT 61-55.

Leading Southwood was Blake Martz with 14 points. Peyton Trexler added 11, Jeffery Finicle 10, Ethan Roberts 10, Andrew Finicle 7, Christian Deeter 6, Paul Farlow 3.

Leading Northfield was Matt Coe and Kyle Reed with 14 points each. Austin Trump added 12, Ryan Driscoll 8, Jon Schuler 4, Jacob Watkins 3.

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